Shrek 2: Meet the Parents
If you liked the original Shrek (and, c'mon, who didn't?!), you'll like Shrek 2.
The sequel opens with a recap of the story of what was supposed to happen to Princess Fiona. As written in storybook form, the Princess (afflicted with a terrible curse that turned her into an ogress after dark), was locked away in the highest room of tallest tower of the dragon's keep. She was to have been rescued by Price Charming, whose kiss would break the spell and they would live happily ever after.
But of course, Shrek beat Charming to the punch, rescuing Fiona on a contract gig to recover the title to his swamp outside the town of Duloc. Shrek and Fiona fell in love in the first episode, and were married.
Fiona's parents, early on in Shrek 2, invite Fiona and her new husband back to the kingdom of Far Far Away (a wonderful send-up of Hollywood) so that they can bestow their blessings on the happy couple. Against his better judgement, Shrek, Fiona and Donkey (who's avoiding his sweetheart, Dragon, because she's been acting strangely) pile into their onion-mobile and head out to meet the parents.
When they arrive, you can imagine the scene. Mom and Dad were hardly expecting an Ogre for a son-in-law, and dinner goes badly from the beginning.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the plan for Fiona to marry Prince Charming had been cooked up by the Fairy Godmother and the King, and that the Fairy Godmother is (for reasons I won't reveal here) righteously pissed off that it didn't work out properly.
The king hires a hit man to take Shrek out of the picture, and the story just gets funnier from there. Puss-in-Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas) is hysterical, and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) steals the show again.
Overall, this one's every bit as good as the first, and in some ways even funnier. Shrek is less ogerly (if that's a word) than I would have hoped for…something about being domesticated, I guess.
Best exchange in the movie:
Princess Fiona: Donkey! Is that you?!
Donkey: Yeah! Me and Shrek drank a magic potion and now we're sexy!
(It's so much funnier to hear Eddie Murphy say it).
Recommended. I wouldn't take little kids to see it, though (some of the humor is a bit crude). We didn't let ours see the first one, but they're a little older now and able to handle it, so we brought 'em to this one and they loved it.